I've cried at work. Usually I make it to the bathroom first, but sometimes I don't. The first proper cry was when I was new to the role, had a high and stressful work load, and then copped an abusive phone call which added about another hour and a half of work to my already over loaded day. The senior was lovely - came and sat (out of the office) with me and reassured me that everyone in our role had cried on at least one occasion, and that making it over a month without crying was pretty impressive.
I cried the other week when mum called and told me that my uncle only had 3 months left. Again, my senior was great. Took me for a walk and chatted to me until I had calmed down.
Cried a few times when I was pregnant. I was really sick and hormonal, and unfortunately abusive phone calls are a regular occurrence in my industry.
Big hugs. It's all much harder when you're tired. It's the weekend. Do something nice and relax while you can.
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12-02-2016 19:41 #11
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12-02-2016 19:43 #12
I have cried at work, but usually relating to a personal issue (IVF, finding out someone has passed etc). If others do it due to quite stressful situations I understand, but those who are know to put the waterworks on at the drop of a hat are seen as hard work and not someone I like to keep around.
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12-02-2016 19:44 #13Senior Member
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I think I've cried twice ever. Once was when I was 18 and broke up with a boyfriend LOL, the other was during exceptionally stressful circumstances but I held it together until I got to the staff room.
TBH I think it's unprofessional to cry in a work area. If any of my staff do cry, I am sympathetic towards them of course but I send them off the floor to take some time and come back composed and ready to work again, or, go home if necessary.
Also, once in a blue moon is understandable, but making a habit of it is just a bit too much.
12-02-2016 19:52 #14Senior Member
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I don't like it but I've done it. Performance review, arguments with DH and I got overwhelmed, bad morning sickness. It happens.
I don't see it as a sign of weakness, but I guess if there was someone who cried at the drop of a hat, every single week, it wouldn't be good.
12-02-2016 20:01 #15Member
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Crying at work...
I used to work with someone who always cried. Didn't get the day off she asked for? Tears. Didn't like the job she was rostered for that day/week? Tears.
When we had a selection exercise for gazetted jobs and she won one, there were many jokes made that she got it because she cried.
I think if you're just having a really bad day and need to shed a few tears in the loo in private, well we're human and sometimes things just get to us. But then you compose yourself and return to your job. Obviously receiving news such as a loved one passing is a whole different issue.
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12-02-2016 20:29 #16
Crying at work...
I've cried at work many times, with clients (teary eyes, not sobbing) when I was bullied by a colleague (went into the stairwell alone), when my mum rang me at work and told me she had breast cancer (ugly crying in front of everyone), when colleagues are talking about an awful case (tears), when I've been having supervision. Everyone at my work cries, it's pretty accepted.
I'm a hospital social worker by the way.
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12-02-2016 20:36 #17
I've cried a couple of times at work when I was working. I hate the fact that I am sensitive. My DP tells me I cry too much.
12-02-2016 20:42 #18
Yep I have cried.
But seriously, if you don't cry at some of the things we see and hear at my work then you're probably too cold hearted to be working in our job.
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12-02-2016 20:45 #19
When my marriage was breaking up, I took myself off to the loo a few times and had a big cry. I remember being pregnant and newly single and I had lost a lotto ticket which I was convinced was the winning ticket and I ugly cried for half an hour in the toilet. Gosh my boss was good to me during that time.
I cried in front of the same boss when I resigned.
I lost it at work one day because my work place was in the crapper and it just drove me crazy.
Other than that, I've cried when I've gotten in the car to go home. I have worked in the medical admin field for almost 20 years and seeing patients get bad news is/was the worst.
12-02-2016 20:46 #20
As a teacher I've cried in front of the kids, parents, colleagues over the years for different reasons. Kids are the best when you're sad about something. Judge me all you want, then wear my shoes for a day.
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